A Winter Tag

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I’ve been tagged!! Yay!! I’ve never been tagged before, so this is new to me! A big THANK YOU to Jamie, for this first time experience! Be sure to check out her amazing blog Through Two Blue Eyes, I always enjoy reading her posts!

The Rules:
1.Thank the person who tagged you & link to their blog.
2. List your top 5 favorite things about winter.
3. Answer the questions of person who tagged you.
4. Create 5 questions about winter for the people you tag to answer.
5. Tag 3 or more people.

5 Favorite Things About Winter:

1. The Weather, it’s so deliciously fresh, with a bit of cold thrown in every once in a while, but it’s so refreshing after a hot summer and autumn!

2. Hanukkah! I love to celebrate Hanukkah, although I so don’t observe it properly, I usually just make foods that are made during that holiday, but I love it anyway!

3. Time, in winter I always have extra time – which allows me to lend more time to my hobbies.

4. The New Year, even though it never brings any changes. I just like new things, so I’ll take them when I can. 😉

5. Spring! Yes, spring! because winter means that spring is just down the season, and that means green, everywhere! and flowers!

Questions:

1. What does winter makes you think of? Sitting in front of a fireplace reading a book, while sipping on a hot drink! Of course, I totally don’t do this, because we so don’t have a fireplace, although, one would be nice.

2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie(s)? Oh dear, I haven’t seen very many Christmas movies, but of the ones I have seen, I’d have to go with A Christmas Story and Christmas Shoes.

3. What’s your favorite winter/Christmas song? (Feel free to make that plural.) Oh, that would have to be Angels We Have Heard On High and O Come O Come Emmanuel, and preferably sung by a choir, you know, the kind that sends a chill through your body when you hear it.

4. What’re your favorite winter clothes? I usually don’t have favorite winter clothes, but this year I’m looking forward to using some of the things I crocheted, mostly scarves, hats and a shawl I’m working on.

5. What’s your favorite winter drink? Oh, definitely hot chocolate! And Lady Grey tea!

I don’t have anyone to tag. 😦 But, as Jamie said, if you want to do it, go ahead! 🙂

I usually find it difficult to answer questions, but I found it very easy here. It was actually quite fun!

Peace and Blessings……

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My first knitted scarf!!

Here it is, my very first knitted scarf!! Yay me!! Haha!

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This was done in a ribbed stitch pattern.

I had a bit of trouble figuring out how many stitches for the width I wanted, genius that I am, I didn’t use a pattern – other than that, and a bit of mistakes that I had to undo, it was very easy.

The stitches came out mostly even.

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All in all, I’m very satisfied with it.

I really enjoyed knitting! I love knitting even better than crocheting, and that’s saying something, because I really love to crochet!

And speaking of crocheting, I bought this stitch guide-book on Monday.

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So one of the next things I’ll be doing is working on some of these stitches.

Oh, Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans!

Peace and Blessings……

Knitting learned……somewhat

In my last blog post (yesterday), I said I was going to learn how to knit……again. I am pleased to announce that I have relearned………sort of.

Once I began seeing the methods, it all came back to me! I don’t know what was wrong with me earlier this year, a case of “warped-brain” I suspect.

Here is my practice piece.

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It’s awful! Haha!

I started off with a few stitches of just knit stitch (garter stitch), then a few stitches of messy stitch, aka “pearl stitch”, next a “I think I’m doing a stockinette stitch” – which wasn’t too bad, followed by a “scatter-brained stitch” (this was my first attempt at creating a “ribbed stitch”), then an actual ribbed stitch (1 knit, 1 pearl), it looks more like broken ribs, haha. And ended with another ribbed stitch (2 knit, 2 pearl), it so wasn’t coming out properly. (This was described from right to left)

I was having a very difficult time with the pearl stitch, it’s very awkward, at first. I found that I prefer knitting using the “Continental” method, rather than using the “English” method. I can use both, but I have more control using the “Continental” method. “More control”? Imagine how it would look if I didn’t have control? Haha!!

All in all, learning to knit was lots of fun! I will continue practicing, because practice makes perfect!

A big THANK YOU, to Melissa Leapman, for such a comprehensible lesson!

Right now I am working on an actual knitting project, nothing fancy, but I will post when finished!

Note: Crocheting is much easier!

Oh, a question for knitters. Which needles work better, wood or aluminum? I’d imagine wood would have a bit more traction, but I’d like an experienced opinion.

On a un-related note: I watched Edge of Tomorrow, it was a great film! Tom Cruise is all sorts of cool! If you like action and sci-fi films, I highly recommend it!

Peace and Blessings……

Learning to knit, again

Don’t you just hate it when you learn how to do something, then put off doing it for a few years, only to find out you’ve forgotten how it’s done? That’s me right about now.

A few years ago, I learned how to knit, I even made a small blanket, even though it was just a simple knit and pearl stitch blanket, it was still a knitted blanket.

Earlier this year, I decided to start knitting again, and I did……….or so I thought. It took me a few scarves (about 10) to realize that my stitches just were not making any sense. So I figured I’d just stick to crocheting.

A few weeks ago, I found a “learn to knit” DVD on sale (original price $19.95, sale price $7.18!) at Hobby Lobby, so I bought it.

Today, it is time to knit!

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I’ve got all my supplies together, my I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting! in Motion: Beginner DVD, yarn, and knitting needles.

In a few minutes, I will, once again, learn to knit!

Wish me luck!

Can you knit? If so, what current project/projects are you working on? I’d love to know!

Peace and Blessings…..

Cold Weather = Baking!

The cold weather has finally arrived, so that means it’s baking time!!

As I’ve said before, I love baking! Why? It’s one of the few things that I’m really good at, so there’s that.

The first time I ever baked was when I was eight, I made chocolate chip cookies. I don’t remember how they came out, but I guess they were good because I’ve loved baking ever since then.

Anyway, as I was saying, the cold weather has arrived, so I did some baking today. And what did I bake? You guessed it, chocolate chip cookies!!

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I used Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies, as my recipe, that’s my “go to” recipe, when it comes to making these cookies. Recipe to follow.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

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I do not own this recipe.

With this recipe, they always come out great!

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies. They are one of my favorite types of cookies, but not my absolute favorite. That honor goes to homemade chocolate hobnobs – which I’ll have to make sometime and share the recipe with you all.

That’s all for today, have you done any baking lately? I’d love to know.

Peace and Blessings…..

Delicious Gluten-Free Magically Moist Almond Cake

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If you’re like me when you think of gluten-free cake, you think of this dry, tasteless, totally non-cake-like cake. So when I saw this Magically Moist Almond Cake on the back of the Almond Flour package, I thought “hmm, magically moist? this might be worth trying.” That was until I had a very bad experience, yesterday morning, with some pancakes that were made with rice and coconut flour.

Since I started having second thoughts about making the cake, I decided to look for the recipe online to see if it had positive reviews, and it did! In all it had 57 reviews, 55 of which were 5 star reviews! That eased my mind, a bit, but decided I’d make it anyway.

I usually never prepare a cake exactly according to its instructions. I always add here and take away there, which has made some of my gluten-free cakes even worse than they already were. But, I decided that I’d make this one exactly the way the recipes said……..ok, I did add some chopped maraschino cherries to the batter, but that’s only because I read that adding some low liquid fruit wouldn’t be a problem.

So I baked it, let it cool a bit, then tasted a piece. As soon as I put it in my mouth I realized just why 55 out of 57 people gave it a 5 star review! This cake is one of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten, the texture is great, and the flavor is delicious! Yes, the cherries did give it extra flavor, but the flavor of the cake would be just as tasty without them!

So here is the recipe from Bob’s Red Mill!

Magically Moist Almond Cake

3/4 cup Unsalted Butter

Directions

Step 1

Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully blended in. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, combine flours, salt and baking powder. Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat until creamy. Spread into a greased 9×13-inch cake pan and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Makes 18 slices of cake.

You can make it however you want, but I topped mine with whipped topping (Lite Cool Whip), crushed pineapple (drained), chopped maraschino cherries (patted dry), and chopped pecans.

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All in all, this cake is so good, that even gluten-free haters will love it!

But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself!

Oh, if you do try it, let me know how you liked it.

Peace and Blessings…..

Getting Started

So, this is my first blog post.

I’m still not exactly sure what I will be blogging about, probably about books I’ve read or will read, film reviews…..maybe, my latest crocheting projects, recipes, charities, and basically whatever suites my fancy at any given time.

You will find that I am a very private person,  you really never know who is watching, after all……….ok, so maybe I’ve watched a wee bit too much Person of Interest. But hey, as Harold Finch would say “Only the paranoid survive.”

I will try to post enough about myself so that people can get to know me……well, a bit anyway, mystery is always a good thing.

If you want to learn more about me, read my “About” page.

It may seem like I’m a bit incoherent in this post or in future posts, but don’t worry (or worry), that’s the way I am, and if you stick around, you may actually get used to it……but I wouldn’t bet on it (on you getting used to it, that is, not about sticking around……….on second thought, maybe that too ;-)).

So, I hope you will continue to visit my blog, subscribe, or whatever.

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Blessing…..

P.S. I baked a cake today, it was really good, so I might post the recipe for it, tomorrow.